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Raiders’ Allen optimistic about job, team

After another disappointing 4-12 season, the Raiders pointed to the future - again. [...] as The Chronicle reported Sunday, it looks as if Dennis Allen again will be the coach trying to lead Oakland to its first winning [Read entire story]

Steve Sarkisian hires Tim Drevno to become USC OL coach

Steve Sarkisian hires Tim Drevno to become USC OL coach

The 49ers are reportedly set to lose assistant coach Tim Drevno to USC. We break down what it means. Fooch's Update: [Read entire story]

49ers-Packers announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman calling the game for FOX

49ers-Packers announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman calling the game for FOX

The 49ers-Packers Wild Card game will feature FOX's No. 1 announcer crew. We break it down. New to Niners Nation? Sign up here and join the discussion! In a decision that is not remotely surprising, FOX has assigned [Read entire story]

Stanford players follow Skov’s lead

Skov has solidified his reputation as a leader during a stellar football career on The Farm The face-painted inside linebacker has taken part in 346tackles over five seasons, counting three games in 2011 before he blew [Read entire story]

49ers have a cold, hard path to glory

First stop: Harbaugh has played in his share of cold-weather games, between his time at Michigan and with the Chicago Bears, so he personally isn't likely to be intimidated by the projected temperature at kickoff Sunday [Read entire story]

Train before taking a train to your big game

With all the bowl games and NFL playoff games, sports fans are flying! -- When you buy your copy of The Chronicle and beef jerky at a terminal magazine shop, the clerk will ask, "Would you like any gum, batteries, [Read entire story]

Jim Harbaugh talks Packers, Quinton Patton, 49ers nickel position

Jim Harbaugh talks Packers, Quinton Patton, 49ers nickel position

49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh met with the media Monday afternoon, as the 49ers begin their preparations for the Green Bay Packers. We've got a transcript for your viewing pleasure. New to Niners Nation? Sign up here and [Read entire story]

Annalise Lockhart joins band as Stanford’s drum major

When the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band dances through Pasadena's Rose Parade on Wednesday morning, its fearless leader will be marching at the front of the red-vested swarm, pumping her arm to the beat [Read entire story]

Stanford Football Stars May Delay Pro Status

Stanford Football Stars May Delay Pro Status

There's a pack of Stanford football players with a bright future in the NFL -- but they may keep the pros waiting.Photo Credit: Getty Images [Read entire story]

Clay Matthews injury update: Packers OLB expected to be out this week

Clay Matthews injury update: Packers OLB expected to be out this week

Mike McCarthy provided a Clay Matthews update in his Monday press conference. We break down what Matthews potential absence means for 49ers-Packers. New to Niners Nation? Sign up here and join the discussion! The Green [Read entire story]

49ers vs. Cardinals: Well hello there, Quinton Patton

49ers vs. Cardinals: Well hello there, Quinton Patton

The 49ers discovered a new weapon in their win over the Arizona Cardinals. Rookie wide receiver Quinton Patton had a big day, as he emerged in time for the playoffs. The San Francisco 49ers reached deep into their bag of [Read entire story]

5 NFL coaches already fired

5 NFL coaches already fired

by The Associated Press It didn't take long. Barely 12 hours after the NFL's regular season ended, five head coaches were unemployed.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this [Read entire story]

Suddenly, 49ers’ Pass Defense Looks Vulnerable

Suddenly, 49ers' Pass Defense Looks Vulnerable

Rodgers' return from collarbone injury makes Packers a dangerous team for San FranciscoPhoto Credit: Getty Images [Read entire story]

Allen Deserves Another Year in Oakland

Allen Deserves Another Year in Oakland

Raiders will have money available this offseason to retain key free agents, bring in fresh talentPhoto Credit: Getty Images [Read entire story]

Broncos beat Raiders 34-14 for top seed in AFC

by The Associated Press Peyton Manning leads the Denver Broncos into the playoffs with another record, home-field advantage and some rest after doing all his work in one half against the reeling Oakland [Read entire story]

Packers, Eagles, Chargers claim NFL’s final playoff spots

by The Associated Press Aaron Rodgers, returning hero. Along with Randall Cobb.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ] [Read entire story]

Manning breaks Brees’ single-season passing record

Manning breaks Brees’ single-season passing record

by The Associated Press Peyton Manning broke the NFL record for most yards passing in a season and helped make the Denver Broncos the highest-scoring team in league history. Manning threw for 266 yards and [Read entire story]

Niners edge Cardinals, will meet Packers in playoffs

by The Associated Press Phil Dawson's franchise-record string of 27 consecutive field goals ended with a missed 24-yard chip shot. The San Francisco kicker made up for it, to say the least, at the end of a [Read entire story]

Woodside girls’ soccer primed for another run at CCS title

by Alexis Terrazas Last season, the Woodside High School girls’ soccer team went unbeaten and was crowned Central Coast Section Division I co-champs. But all of that matters naught to Jose Navarrete.… [Read entire story]

49ERS: WEEK 17 / THIS & THAT … STATS & FACTS

15.5 Joe Staley's average yards per reception in his career after a 14-yard catch and rumble Sunday. Next game The 49ers will play Green Bay and quarterback Aaron Rodgers, left, for the third time in 12 months in [Read entire story]